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Mekong mainstream dams: Cambodian civil society calls for the MRC to address its shortcomings

Public Statement: With six proposed dams threatening the sustainability of the Lower Mekong River, Cambodian civil society calls for the MRC to address its shortcomings In light of the recent reports that feasibility studies for six hydropower dams are underway on the Lower Mekong River, the Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) would like to respectfully call on the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and its international donors to address the shortcomings of the MRC in failing to prevent these potentially devastating projects from moving ahead and by failing to adhere to its regional responsibilitie

Joint Statement of the Sesan, Srepok, Sekong, Mekong, and Tonle Sap Communities

Friday, June 15, 2007
Joint Statement of the Sesan, Srepok, Sekong, Mekong, and Tonle Sap Communities at the Fifth Annual 3S Rivers CelebrationRESPECT TO: The Royal Government of Cambodia We, 260 community representatives from the Sesan, Srepok, Sekong, Mekong, and Tonle Sap, who are facing difficulties caused by hydropower dam development and other development projects along the rivers, have gathered together in Lumpait District, Ratanakiri on June 15, 2007 and would like to raise the following problems and requests: The rivers’ water regime fluctuates irregularly,There has been a decline of fish species, river

Second Mapder Forum Declaration

Sunday, March 13, 2005
Second Gathering of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defence of Rivers (MAPDER) The Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defence of Rivers (MAPDER) was born at the 2nd Gathering of the Meso-American Movement Against Dams which was held in La Esperanza, Honduras in 2003. The first MAPDER meeting was held in 2004 in Guerrero where communities are battling against the construction of the La Parota dam. Six months later the Second MAPDER conference was held in the Huentitan ravine where only one woman, Guadalupe Lara remained in resistance against the Arcediano d

Civil Society Demands Participation in Inga Planning

Saturday, March 17, 2007
Declaration of GaboroneWe, delegates of civil society of the five partner countries of WESTCOR (DRC, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and participating in the International Forum of the Grand Inga Project, held on the initiative of the World Council of Energy in Gaborone, the 16 at March 17, 2007, joined together this day at the Hotel METCOURT; We support the terms of our Declarations of October 6, 2006 in Johannesburg, at the time of the International Round Table on the hydroelectric development of the site of Inga; Keeping in mind that the promises made following this declaration by

Urgent Call for a Negotiated Agreement To End the Violence in the Merowe/Hamadab Dam-Affected Areas

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
After months of growing tensions, and despite warnings from concerned citizens and NGOs, the area that is being affected by the Merowe/Hamadab Dam Project in Northern Sudan erupted in violence on November 29. The Corner House and International Rivers call on all actors – including the Sudanese government, the government’s donors, civil society, the financial institutions and the companies involved in the Merowe/Hamadab Dam Project – to use their good offices to press for a negotiated, peaceful agreement between the dam authorities and the affected communities.

Epupa Hydropower Scheme – Public Hearing

Thursday, October 31, 1996
The following is a recent statement by the Himba community regarding their opposition to the Epupa Hydro Electric Scheme.  Statement of the Affected Community We are surprised to hear about this Epupa hearing just now, that everyone else, who does not live in the Epupa area, seems to know about for a long time. People who might come from other regions might go to such a meeting and say that they would come from the Epupa area and that they agree upon the construction of a dam at the Kunene. We ourselves, who are born in the Epupa area, we object to these plans – we do not want

Civil Society Demands Corruption Out of Inga, Local Benefits In

Friday, October 6, 2006
Johannesburg Declaration of the Civil Society to the International Round Table on the Hydroelectric Development of the Inga Dam SiteWe, delegates of civil society organizations of the five partner countries of WESTCOR, joined together this day at the time of the International Round Table on the development of the hydroelectric projects of the site of Inga; Recognising the urgent needs for sustainable development of Africa and bearing in mind strategic characteristics of the Inga Site and its substantial contribution to the integration and the development of the States of Africa; Considering at

Old Water In a New Bottle: World Water Vision Is Chronically Short–Sighted

Friday, March 17, 2000
International Rivers International Committee on Dams, Rivers and People, Both Ends (Netherlands) Statement on the Report of the World Commission on Water (World Water Vision) The report of the World Commission on Water (WCW) is a restatement of tired orthodoxies from the international water establishment and should be rejected by the water ministers who will meet in The Hague on 21–22 March. The report, written by the WCW Chairman and World Bank Vice–President Ismail Serageldin, is merely old water in a new bottle. The title of the WCW report, "A Water Secure World: Vision

Statement on the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Sunday, September 1, 2002
Johannesburg Summit Endorses Business as Usual for River Destroyers The outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development will do nothing to halt the rapid degradation of the world's rivers and the impoverishment of the communities who directly depend on them. Rampant dam building, pollution, bad farming practices, channelization, deforestation, urban sprawl, and climate change are sickening the rivers of the world. The agreements made at the WSSD at best fail to rein in the forces destroying rivers, and at worst encourage them. Current patterns of energy consumption are

Manibeli Declaration

Thursday, September 1, 1994
Calling for a Moratorium on World Bank Funding of Large Dams WHEREAS: The World Bank is the greatest single source of funds for large dam construction, having provided more than U.S.$50 billion (1992 dollars) for construction of more than 500 large dams in 92 countries. Despite this enormous investment, no independent analysis or evidence exists to demonstrate that the financial, social and environmental costs were justified by the benefits realized; Since 1948, the World Bank has financed large dam projects which have forcibly displaced on the order of ten million people from their homes and


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